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Egypt: School campaign on how to handle water

Alexandria - From December 1994 to May 1995, the City of Alexandria held "water weeks" in 13 primary schools. These events were the first of their kind in Egypt. 20 education campaigns were held in all, to teach some 20 000 girls and boys on how tO use and save water carefully.

The action weeks in the schools were Fart of the "drinking water supply for Alexandria" project which, together with Egypt's Ministry of Education, developed and produced video films, text books, posters and music cassettes as teaching aids.

The water weeks culminated with a school fete, where the children presented the fruits of their work- drawings and technical models, songs and sketches. The best pictures were displayed in the Museum of Fine Arts in Alexandria, and were also the focus of a "water is life" exhibition in the GTZ in Eschborn in autumn this year. GTZ is assisting the project of the Alexandria Water General Authority (AWGA) to provide safe drinking water to the population in Northern Egypt. AWGA's eight waterworks draw their crude water from the side canals of the Nile, which are contaminated with effluents from industry and agriculture. The German British - Egyptian consulting company Rodeco was commissioned to implement the drinking water supply for Alexandria project. Rodeco is presently preparing a similar school campaign for a water supply project in Lusaka, Zambia.

For further information contact:
Rodeco consulting GmbH
Ferdinandstr. 17a
D - 61348 Bad Homburg
Tel: - 49 (0) 61 72 2 50 03
Fax. 49 (0) 6172 2 57 48


Successful "Dirty Dozen" anti-pesticide campaign

Hamburg -Ten years after the start of the Dirty Dozen campaign, the list of states that have banned or restricted the use of hazardous pesticides has grown to at least 90 countries. This was announced by the German section of the International Pesticide Action Network (PAN) this October in Hamburg.

PAN initiated this campaign on World Environment Day 1985, with the aim of banning twelve selected, particularly hazardous pesticides. Whereas according to UN figures there were only 53 bans in 1983, PAN pinpointed 689 national bans of specific pesticides in the Dirty Dozen this year. Number one is the insecticid Dieldrin, which may no longer be used in 67 countries.

But the pesticide bans are ineffective in many countries because compliance is not monitored or monitoring systems are barely developed. Thus the insecticide Parathion-methyl, which in manufactured in Germany, continues to be marketed in Peru, even though it is not possible to guarantee adequate protection for users . Since 1989PAN has been recording the "Decline of the Dirty Dozen" in a list and on a map showing national bans and stringent restrictions on the use of pesticides. The monitoring is coordinated by PAN north America.

Further information:
Carina Weber, PAN
Tel.: (00 49) (40) 3939 78
Jean Marie Fayemi PAN
Africa, c/o ELCI (Kenya)
TeL: (0 02 54) (2) 5 62-0 l 5
Sarojeni V. Rengam, PAN

Asia and the Pacific
Tel.: (0060) (4) 6570271
Nicanor Perlas, Center for
Alternative Development
Tel.: (0063) (2) 993986
Anne Schonfield or Monica
Moore, PAN North America
Tel.: (001) (415) 5 419140